Loch Venachar - Eco Lodge
- Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 2 children)
- Cooking facilities
- Beds Provided
- Bed Linen Provided
- Towels Provided
- Private Bathroom
- In room Wifi
- En-suite facilities with a walk in electric shower
- Bed linen and towels provided
- Small country-style kitchenette
The Owner Says
When your day exploring natures wonderland is over - relax and let Loch Katrine be your home for the night. This Lodge is named after Loch Venachar which is a freshwater loch about four miles away from the Eco Camp, reached easily on the A821 road. It lies approximately 82 meters above sea level, and is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) long with a maximum depth of approximately 33 meters. The Black Water discharges from Loch Achray into the western end of Loch Venachar, and at the eastern end emerges Eas Gobhain which joins with the River Leny at Callander to from the River Teith. Invertrossachs House, which was visited by Queen Victoria in 1869, is also located on the south shore. To the North of the loch is Scotland's first highland Ben, Ben Ledi. A brown trout stocking programme recommenced in 2016 under the management of the Loch Venachar Association and the loch is well stocked with pike. Fishing is available, by permit, from the shore and by boat.
This lodge can comfortably accommodate 4 adults, with a double bed and 2 fold out beds all with bed linen and towels provided. It has en-suite facilities with a walk in electric shower, toilet and heated towel rack. They are furnished with a small country style kitchenette which includes a combo microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink. There is a Freeview HDTV, free WIFI, lighting and to ensure your are kept extra cosy we have installed under floor heating in each of the lodges.
When booking this lodge you also receive 20% off on sailings on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott and the Lady of the Lake!This lodge is dog friendly with £10 cleaning supplement per stay.
Features & Facilities
Woodland camping, some pitches with electrical hook-up, with access to a shared toilet and shower block. 2 camping pitches are wheelchair-friendly. Eco lodges feature a small kitchenette with combo microwave, fridge and sink, Freeview HDTV, free Wi-Fi, lighting and heating. Basic lodges sleep 2 in fixed double bunk beds and a further 2 in a double sofa bed. A toilet and shower block is nearby. The luxury lodges have en-suite facilities (including a walk-in electric shower), underfloor heating and sleep up to 4, with 2 in a king-sized bed and up to 2 in a fold down bed. A wheelchair-friendly lodge is available. Open fires and charcoal BBQs are not permitted. There is no direct access to the Loch at the Eco Camp site, a fence prevents access due to continual boat movements. There are view points and access to the lochside a short walk up the lochside. Fishing on Loch Katrine is by boat only and requires a permit. Campervan/Motor-home pitches are in the car park and have electric hook-ups, water and are close to a toilet block where there is a wet room and shower. All guests receive 20% off sailings on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott and the Lady of the Lake. There is a small shop on site where a limited range of supplies are available as well as a café/tearoom.
Catching a boat tour across to Stronachlachar is a must. The hamlet is full of history and not more than an hour’s walk from Inversnaid, a checkpoint on the West Highland Way. It's been welcoming the steamship Sir Walter Scott for decades. For cyclists, the road along the northern shore of the loch is a relatively flat, car-free tarmac surface, making it the ideal alternative route to the other end of the water. You can hire bikes from Katrine Wheelz (01877 376366) at Trossachs Pier and bikes can also be booked on board the boats, so you can cross the loch and cycle back. For other routes in the Trossachs, the ‘School House Cycle’ is a family-friendly trail that enjoys views across Loch Katrine and surrounding hills such as Ben A’an and Ben Venue. The trail itself is an easy ½-mile and can be combined with a cycle from Trossachs Pier or Stronachlachar but it also links up with 35-mile national route 7. Between Loch Katrine and Loch Achray, Ben A’an (Gaelic for “pinnacle” ) is one of Scotland’s more accessible peaks and one of the most rewarding hikes in the area. There are a series of well catalogued routes, for varying levels of hikers in the Great Trossachs Forest and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (the latter boasts a visitor centre at the Lodge in Aberfoyle). The route from Loch Achray to the summit of Ben A’an is 2½ miles long, for those looking to experience the hilltop view without a complex climb. Other nearby attractions include the castles at Stirling (01786 450000) and Doune (01786 841742), whisky distilleries at Deanston (01786 843010) and Glengoyne (01360 550 254), the National Wallace Monument (01786 472140), Blair Drummond Safari Park (01786 841456) and Go Ape Aberfoyle (0845 094 9032).